Cast, crew prepare for ‘Death of a Salesman’

By Jack Macias ’14

Photo by Kyle Scheuring '15 - Brophy and Xavier students rehearse Oct. 11 in the Black Box Theater for the fall production "Death of a Salesman."
Photo by Kyle Scheuring '15 - Brophy and Xavier students rehearse Oct. 11 in the Black Box Theater for the fall production "Death of a Salesman."

The acting crew seemed completely unfazed and focused amidst commotion: woodshop sounds in the back, the stage crew trying to get everything organized on the stage and actors rehearsing lines.

The stage seems like it is in a chaos.

But it’s not, said Ms. Dorothy Dunnion.

“We act while they are fixing lights, while 100 people are talking, and these guys are so dedicated and so focused that they can do it.”

Ms. Dunnion has been the director for the schools plays since 1996.

This year’s fall play, “Death of a Salesman,” is about the dysfunctional family of a salesman in New York City in the 50s.

The mood of the play is “very dark, very somber,” according to Ms. Dunnion.

Sedona Urias-Ramonett ’14 plays Bearnice and agrees with Ms. Dunnion.

“It’s a little bit darker than most audiences are used too,” she said.

The major characters in the production are Willy Loman, Linda Loman, Biff Loman, Happy Loman and an assortment of other characters.

The lead roles in the production are played by John DiMino ’12, Connor Wareing ’12, Chase Frank ’13, Emily Zwiera ’12, Kasey Caruso ’12 and student director Windsor Smith ’12; along with these students who are are a multitude of other actors and contributors to the play.

The actors work from two to three hours a day on the play.

With John DiMino playing Willy Loman and Emily Zwiera playing Linda Loman the cast is comprised of mostly veterans who have been in multiple plays.

“It’s an extremely talented cast, like crazy talented,” DiMino ’12 said.

DiMino ’12 started his high school career at Brophy when he was a junior and his most recent role was a character in “Up the Down Staircase.”

Not everyone is a veteran though.

Kasey Caruso ’13 plays a large role in the play and this is his first performance ever.

“There’s a lot more than I thought going into it (the play), there’s a lot of people involved, and it is a great time,” he said.

“I do a lot of prank calls with my New York Italian accent, and so it’s got me pretty good at the voice. I came in and tried out and they liked it,” he added.

So far DiMino said he is impressed with Caruso.

“He’s very talented; I couldn’t believe this is his first show, he’s that good,” he said.

With only a couple of weeks left to the opening day the cast is putting the final touches on the performance.

“We are getting everything fluid and flowing now and it’s going to be a really good show,” DiMino said.

The play will open Oct. 26 and will also run Oct. 27, 29, Nov. 2, 3 and 5 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Sandra Dennard in the student activity center for $7.